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11-19-2008, 07:41 AM
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Finally An "Guest Column Editorial" That Sums it up

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--Good Morning Maryland!--Sorry lost the Headline Line in my copy & Paste , But I pass on this little Tit Bit for my TF Family to Digest & Discect , Maybe it will bring out of the Closet, some of the ones that Usta use TF to better thier posision on Bay Affairs & the Rode off into the Sunset , To the world of P M 's & Inter Sangtum Politics--In my long life of Believing in Boosting the Little man , Rooting for the Underdog , I have Never, Never seen so many go underground on issues pertaning to Bay Matters --Mr Blackistone has Finally come forward & Written from the Heart , He like Myself is " Mad as Hell & won't take it any more "--Heck I may go out back & hollar to World those words for the All to Hear , when I get off here --I Challenge the Dnr Boys, Robert, Chum , Crow , JPW, Capt. Rich,Ele & all to read this Carefully & have the Guts to come back & express thier Thoughts like the days of yesteryear --If **** hasent hit the Nail on the Head on this one , i'll Kiss yer tail & give ya an hour to draw a Crowd"---Read it well, Insert your OWN personal intrest in the bay , where the Word Waterman is ---We All are Watermen, in the Sence of the word ---I THINK THIS Sentance, is the summation of how most of us feel -- -----"Too many folks in the bay community are frustrated by politically driven regulations, policies, laws and funding. And far too many studies have gone on too long without results, answers or action."

---Sorry for my Personal Observations , But its how I feel about this Very Important ISSUE , & this is my brief time on a Warm Soapbox this Morning --Thanks for giving me an Opperunity to express my frustations--Geo.


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AnnapolisBy **** BLACKISTONE For The Capital
Published November 18, 2008
The two largest industries in the state are agriculture and the horse industry on the one hand, and the marine industry, commercial and recreational, on the other.
Thousands of jobs and small businesses, direct and ancillary, depend on these private-sector domains.

Agriculture is being swallowed up by development and the horse industry has fallen prey to a lack of revenue. The slot machine referendum passed because state and local budgets are at rock bottom. But an infusion of new money will also help keep the horse industry alive, saving farms from development and keeping thousands of small businesses open and their employees working.

Perhaps, to some small degree, in a few years the agriculture sector may not feel like it is trying to roll a ball up a mountain, and the rhetoric about "saving the family farm" won't be a meaningless cliche.

Similarly, there has been almost a decade of endless rhetoric pouring out of the mouths of politicians, bureaucrats, environmentalists and others who are supposed to be concerned about improving the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and preserving the traditions of Maryland watermen. It has left me scratching my head in disillusionment.

Who is really helping the bay, the policymakers or the watermen and their families, and the countless people who depend on fresh seafood from our waters? Very few of our policymakers are helping.

A novel from decades ago was entitled, "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me." This could describe too many watermen and their families, and mother bay herself.

We have seen little improvement in bay water quality and little progress toward the 10-year goals to improve the bay's condition. The federal government has criticized the entire effort and questioned what has been going on.

With huge amounts of grant money allocated, making environmental groups wealthy, water quality is sliding backward. We have seen no improvement in aquatic vegetation or the oyster population, and no movement toward putting nonnative oysters in the water.

There are bans on clamming and on yellow perch fishing, and restrictions on crab harvests. Funding for a successful crab hatchery program has been cut off. Watermen and their families are drowning in a tough economy in which their income is being cut out from under them by their "advocates."

My state senator, for example, couldn't find her way to south county to visit farmers or watermen if she had a map. There are too many political advocates like her.

Perhaps the politicians, bureaucrats and environmental groups can keep taking the grant money and doing their research and studies and let watermen have their fisheries back.

They can keep taking all the political contributions from self-indulgent groups that use rhetoric as if they cared and at the same time silently stab the commercial fishing industry in the back and push the watermen aside. They ignore the famed Dr. Rita Caldwell, who once said that, when dealing with the plight of the oysters, "perhaps we should listen to the watermen."

Too many folks in the bay community are frustrated by politically driven regulations, policies, laws and funding. And far too many studies have gone on too long without results, answers or action.

Citizens are frustrated by the failing water quality of the bay and the difficulty of getting local seafood for their tables. Watermen and their families are frustrated by not knowing where their next paycheck will come from and what new restrictions will be placed on them for political or selfish reasons.

I've spent more than 30 years fighting for the marine industry and the commercial watermen and observing the farming and horse industry. I don't pretend to know all the answers and I won't endorse throwing in the towel.

I won't ever give up hope that there are true advocates for the little people. But sometimes I think that this time David may not beat Goliath - unless government and politicians soon begin to "listen to the watermen" with more than deaf ears.

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The writer is chairman of the county Maritime Industry Advisory Board.
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CApt: George: Your comments and wisdom are appreciated...nice to see you on this board again.

Bob Allen, recreational angler, PSWSFA & VCAC Hampton
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Thanks Virginian ,A Spotsylvania Co. Boy Says

--Bob --Not ONE REPLY ON the Md. Post ---The Zipper is Zipped in Maryland ---Your'e very kind to make a responce , It Took GUTS in this day & Age ---I was taught by the USMC , its a cowerdly act not to speak up if you have something to say, We all know how( Important Meetings go )-Silent in Public , but loud on the Scuttlebutt Deck , loaded with " Sea Lawyers " & Woulda Saids --Finished a hot lunch , back to the Maintinance & the Jury rigging --geo. , Again thanks Bob --HI Jim --Nicotine, Caffine, & Diesel Smoke Forever !!!
 

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Capt. George, Thank you for the post. I am for less government and more for personal responsibility. There are a
lot of factors involved in the plight of the Chesapeake Bay. I feel that most of our representatives are after their
own best interest. I feel for the waterman, but I do not always agree with them or the way state and federal entities
deal with their causes such as oyster restoration. I do not see how millions of dollars can be spent trying revive an oyster
industry whose population is at 1% of its historic high, while at the same time allowing the harvest of this limited
resource. I am not an activist or greenie but I feel that a lot of watermen are just takers. Do they give anything
back to the Bay? At least a farmer has to plant, not just harvest.
My neighbor and I have put in hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars restoring our adjoining shoreline by
creating a habitat suitable for the natural strike of oysters. And at the same time raising thousands of spat
in cages in an effort to naturally assist the repopulation of oysters in this area. I am also an avid recreational fisherman.
I feel that by trying to help restore the bay I'm at least giving back something not just taking. Here are a couple pictures
of our restoration efforts. I wish more waterfront property owners would get involved with this type of effort.
Regards,
Brian Lockwood


 

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Words of Wisdom

Unfortunately the State of Virginia is just as blind, when it comes to taking care of the Chesapeake Bay and helping the Viriginia's commercial fishing families that rely on the bay, Virginia's Tidal Rivers and coastal waters.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom and let's hope that more people speak up, get involved and take action soon.

Kevin Smith
Coastal Conservation Association-Virginia
 

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How romantic, reads like a bunch of dribble going in a circle. USN taught me to say whats on my mind:thumbup:
 

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how do we get in on the Maryland pool to fish over the EEZ ? you know where everone chips in and who ever gets busted gets the pool money for the fines ? I was in the Navy too (22 years)
 

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How romantic, reads like a bunch of dribble going in a circle. USN taught me to say whats on my mind:thumbup:
So am I to assume that you're content with the current efforts?

Instead of bashing someone for making an effort in the right direction, why don't you use that same energy/effort to help push this ball up the hill?
 

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Don't get him too bad Al; He was obviously having fond memories when he forgot to wear his soap on the rope!
 

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Oyster restoration

Jet Ski Brian,
That's an AWESOME job on your shoreline oyster restoration project. Good to see somebody walking the walk.:thumbup:
 

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So am I to assume that you're content with the current efforts?

Instead of bashing someone for making an effort in the right direction, why don't you use that same energy/effort to help push this ball up the hill?
OK, The guy writes an article that goes around in circles about giving the bay back to the waterman like they have figured out whats wrong with it and are going to do something to make it better, like say scrape all the crabs they can out of it this winter and then cry why they are so scarce this summer. The Polititions and Beaucrates say they cant scrape them this year but they came up with 20million of our money to dry the watermans tears . Like i say the writes a bunch of dribble. AL B, no dont assume im content with the current efforts, i didnt say that. As to your post....Lets hear what you have to say about it, how you gonna push the ball, or just bash me.:))
 

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JET SKI BRIAN , You've got the right idea and opinion , Looks good what you have done, good luck with it:thumbup:
 

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My opinion is this: The millions of dollars and time wasted by politicians, who are strongly influenced by industries/tax revenues, has done absolutely nothing to improve the condition of the bay. Maybe it's time that they DID listen to the watermen, not regarding catch limits, but on how to improve the bay.

Oyster / Clam farming has had a positive impact. The most immediate action that would have the greatest impact (IMO) is to stop the Omega operation in Reedville. You want a "bailout", bail those workers out and look at the "trickle down" economics. The restoration of SUVs is a disaster. The amount of nutrients entering the watershed is shameful (a lot of it the result of the "man, that's a beautiful yard you've got there" mentality).

So yes, a lot like this writer, I'm frustrated. I've had enough. And if given the opportunity to vote ANY of the politicians out of office, that have squandered money and resources while producing no results, I'll do it.

Do I do ALL that I can do to positively affect the watershed... I pick up poop, I don't fertilize my lawn, I'll hang a bag of oysters at the slip... but, I'm sure there's more I can do.

ccx2 - how about your ideas?
 

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AL, I think we pretty much share the same opinion, but as far as ideas i dont have any more than you do other than make work what has allready been put forth, but i wouldnt turn it over to waterman who wouldnt police themselves untill the resouces were wiped out, there going to take all they can to make the dollar and try to get it before you or i or the waterman working the water next to him takes it first. As for water quality, what have they done other that rely on the same politics and regulators we have. Somebody has got to police both, i cant do everything:))
 
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